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Meet the Faculty

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Dennis Docheff, professor - Docheff, an educator since 1978, began teaching at UCM in 2001. His experience includes teaching, administration and coaching at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels.  Currently, Docheff is the interim chair of the department.
Ken Bias, assistant professor Phy Ed program at UCM
Ken Bias, associate professor - A UCM alum, Bias brings over 10 years of practical experience teaching physical education from pre-K through grade 12. Bias' teaching focus is in the Physical Education Teacher Education program.
Karen Breshears, chef/instructor - Breshears, a UCM alum, began her career in 1999, after working two years as a registered dietitian and more than 15 years in the food service industry. She primarily teaches the food preparation, quantity food production and service classes.

Rachel Brown, instructor/athletic trainer - Brown joined UCM in the fall of 2015.  She received her BS in Athletic Training from Southwest Baptist University, and attended a Post-Professional Athletic Training Program at Ohio University, where she received her MS in Athletic Training.  She teaches in the UCM Athletic Training Program, and works as the Athletic Trainer for the Army ROTC Fighting Mules.

Sarah Bullard
Sarah Bullard, instructor - A UCM Alum, Bullard has her MS in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University. Bringing practical experience to the classroom, Sarah served as a clinical dietitian in Missouri ranging in areas from critical care to pediatrics.
Steve Burns, associate professor exercise science, disease prevention
Steve Burns, associate professor - Burns has an extensive background in cardiovascular disease prevention and 10 years of teaching experience in Exercise Science. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, serves as the graduate coordinator and coordinates activities in the Human Performance Lab. Burns currently serves as editor for The International Journal of Exercise Science.
Nicole Cahill, instructor - A UCM alumni, Nicole is excited to be teaching at her alma mater.  She received her BS in Physical Education at UCM, as well as Master's degrees in both Physical Education and Curriculum and Instruction at UCM.  Cahill's teaching focus is in the Physical Education Teacher Education program. 
Matthew Garver, assistant professor - Garver joined the UCM faculty in the fall of 2016.  After completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology at The Ohio State University, he taught for five years in Abilene, Texas.  At UCM, Garver will teach in the area of Exercise Science and focus research on applied aspects of human performance. 
Dan Gerdes, professor and graduate coordinator for the Sport Management program at the University of Central Missouri
Dan Gerdes, professor - A graduate of the University of Kansas, Gerdes serves as a professor of sports psychology, a graduate coordinator for the Sport Management program and a key faculty member for the athletic department at UCM. Along with public school teaching and coaching experience, Gerdes has taught for 18 years at UCM.
Brian Hughes, professor in the athletic training program at the University of Central Missouri
Brian Hughes, professor - Hughes has been in the athletic training profession throughout his high school and college years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at Ohio State University. Later, Hughes went on to become a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma State University and obtained his advanced degrees.  He currently serves as coordinator for the Athletic Training Program.
Molly Jennings, instructor - Jennings joined the UCM staff in 2016.  She earned her BS in Athletic Training from Millikin University and her MA in Sports Administration from Central Michigan University.  Prior to UCM, Jennings served in a split role as an instructor for an Athletic Training Program, and coordinator of athletic training services for a collegiate recreation facility.  She currently serves as Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program. 

Dae Yeon Kim, assistant professor – Kim earned his Ph.D. in Sport Management from Indiana University and began his career at UCM in 2015. His specializations include sport branding, sport consumer behavior and fanship developmental process. He currently teaches Applied Sport Marketing, Sport Facility Management, and Senior Seminar in Sport Management.

Lee, assistant professor, Sport Management, Sport Marketing and Sport Public Relations
Woo-Young Lee, associate professor - Lee focuses his research on the influence sport consumption behaviors, such as risky sport participation and sport media consumption. He has many presentations and published works in the field of Sport Management. Currently, he instructs a variety of courses in the undergraduate and graduate Sport Management Program.

So Youn Lim, instructor - Lim received her Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin with Portfolio certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research interest lies in the design and implementation of sport programs and events toward maximizing positive outcomes, such as empowerment, of participants. Her work has appeared in international journals and conferences. She recently joined UCM and currently teaches courses in Sport Management..

Swarna Mandali, professor with experience as a dietitian, coordinator for the Diactic Program in Dietetics
Swarna Mandali, professor - Mandali served 12 years as a registered dietitian and as a certified nutrition support clinician in the dietetic profession. She uses her practical experience to instruct dietetics and nutrition and serves as program coordinator for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UCM. She is responsible for teaching numerous courses in dietetics and nutrition.
Cathy McGraw, instructor in Physical Education teaching program
Cathy McGraw, instructor - McGraw, a graduate of UCM, has instructed the course Teaching Sex Education in Public Schools for 10 years. She offers 37 years of real-world experience from teaching similar courses in a high school setting.  McGraw teaches in the Health Studies Program.
Lacole McPherson
Lacole McPherson, assistant professor - McPherson teaches online for the Sport Management Program. Primary research interests combine academics and athletics focusing on career development of student-athletes. Prior to joining the staff at UCM she was the Director for the Sport and Recreation Management program at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Brad Mears, associate professor and K-12 Phy Ed program coordinator
Brad Mears, professor - Mears is the K-12 Physical Education program coordinator. He provides public school teaching experience in early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school education and serves as a specialist in special education. He teaches methods courses and supervises student teachers.

William Miller, instructor - Miller joined UCM in 2015. He received his BS in Exercise Science at UCM and Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University. While receiving his Masters he worked as a Graduate Assistant, performing grant-supported research with SEMO.  He has presented at ACSM regional and national conferences since 2012. He spends his time teaching Exercise Science at UCM.

Meera Penumetcha, assistant professor - Penumetcha joined the UCM faculty in the fall of 2016.  After working as a clinical dietitian for 8 years, she received her PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences.  She worked as a postdoctoral fellow, with an emphasis in teaching, and as a faculty member at Georgia State University.  At UCM, Penumetcha teaches in the area of Nutrition and is focused on engaging students in research, collaborating with multidisciplinary faclty across campus. 
Venkataraghavan Ramamoorthy, assistant professor - Dr. Ramamoorthy joined the Department of Nutrition & Kinesiology in the fall of 2016.  At UCM, Ramamoorthy teaches basic nutrition courses and aspires for multi-disciplinary collaboration and pedagogical initiatives for improved educational outcomes.  Dr. Ramamoorthy completed his doctoral program in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University (Miami), where he researched the effects of diet and supplementation on HIV/AIDS and focused on the effects of beverage ingredients and additives on general well-being and longevity in chronic disease states.
Robert Slana, associate professor and undergraduate sport management program coordinator – A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Slana teaches a variety of sport management classes and is the internship coordinator for both the graduate and undergraduate sport management programs.  He has been passionate about teaching for over two decades.
Dr. Susan Stockton, instructor health-related courses, dietetics
Susan Stockton, assistant professor - Stockton spent five years as food service director for the Warrensburg R-VI School District and nine years in private practice.  Stockton has taught health-related courses at UCM for 13 years. Her emphasis is in experiential learning environments and bio-communication technology for optimal human function and performance.
Scott Strohmeyer, professor pedagogical biomechanics and works in the Biomechanics Lab
Scott Strohmeyer, professor - Strohmeyer specializes in pedagogical biomechanics. Alongside his research projects he has published and presented many papers dealing with technique enhancement in biomechanics. With a passion for research, Strohmeyer enjoys spending time in the biomechanics lab he has deemed the "Mule Cave."
Samantha Tienken
Samantha Tienken, instructor/assistant athletic trainer - Tienken joined UCM in 2014.  She received her BS in Athletic Training and MA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, with a concentration in Health Education, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  While receiving her MA she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for UNO.  She shares her time between the UCM Athletic Training Program and Athletics.
Amanda Wakeman, assistant professor - A UCM alum, Amanda joined the UCM faculty in the fall of 2016 after completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She is a licensed Physical Therapist, practicing in Outpatient and Skilled Nursing Facilities.  At UCM, Amanda serves as a mentor for students wishing to pursue undergraduate degrees in various health professions.